But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
– Jeremiah 20:9
Let’s be honest. Better yet, let’s be frank.
Many times, we just want to quit.
We want to give up and get away from the whole burden of responsibility.
We might be burnt out.
Ministry can wear you thin, even if you have thick skin. If you watch closely what the Scriptures reveal, then look at what you experience personally in ministry. You can get worn out with the whole idea of serving people who accept it but don’t necessarily appreciate it.
We might be broken down.
Serving with the wrong focus can leave us with a broken spirit. We can find ourselves chasing accolades rather than seeking His face. We can find ourselves looking for recognition rather than offering Him reverence. We can desire the praise, the very praise that He deserves for all that we do.
Such conditions can lead to us being more frustrated than faithful, more likely to quit than keep going.
Let these words sink into your heart and keep you on fire for the Lord.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9
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But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name,” Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.
– Jeremiah 20:9 (NASB)
Few seek to quietly endure the pain and agony that comes with being chosen by God for a special task. Moses sought for the Lord to give it to someone else. Elijah was at the brink of breaking down. Peter had gone so far as to deny knowing the very Christ who he had confessed as the son of the living God. Jonah had done it in both a physical and spiritual sense, running away from God. Yet, when we look at Jeremiah, we see the weeping prophet
ready to call it quits on God.
Jeremiah felt that he had been given a raw deal. He felt he had been swindled or tricked. He was not feeling it, especially after all of the ridicule and his calling becoming like a “reproach” for him. He was done. He had it. He was ready to quit.
However, in the same breath of his resignation, Jeremiah found resolve. In the midst of his departure, he discovered a new devotion to the Divine. Right when he was ready to give in, he emerged with a way and a means by which to give more. He could give more because of all that had been taken away from him and all that God was still willing to see him through. Jeremiah found a way to give even more than what he cried out about losing. He decided that he had enough within him for him to give more and more.
When you are ready to quit, dig deep. Take a moment and search the very depths of your soul for a little bit more to give. Scrape the bottom of your well and see if you do not come up with something more to offer. Don’t just get back in the race. Get back in the running.
Give another sermon. Teach another Sunday school class. Stay on as ministry leader. Train someone else to serve in your capacity. Give more. Don’t give up. Just give a little more.
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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
You’re getting nowhere with your plans. Yes, God gave you the vision. You have prayed and sought counsel on the matter. You have even shared the vision with others. And, alas, nothing has transpired. You have put forth a lot of effort and energy. You have exhausted all of your resources and you still appear to be getting nowhere.
The problem may not exist with the action plan and the timeline. It may not be related to the multimedia presentations of PowerPoint after PowerPoint and message after message. It may simply boil down to fundamental flaw. There may be an issue of faith.
The Word shares that it is impossible to please God without faith. Is God pleased? Are you remaining faithful? Is it still on your prayer list? Have you checked back in with God… and heard from Him?
We are to walk by faith. That is how we are to approach all matters- in, by and with faith. Yet, discouragement feeds into doubt, and then doubt leads us to becoming dispondent and we eventually start forgetting to hold on with faith. Don’t let that become your story’s ending. Remain faithful and stay patient. There is an unspeakable joy awaiting those who wait upon the Lord.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.- Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength: Waiting and trusting the Lord will find “new strength.” The lord can strengthen you for what it is to come. Let your waiting lead to your preparation as the Lord strengthens you.
They will soar high on wings like eagles: Let God take you to new heights and expand your horizons. Perhaps, if you think about it deeply, God wants you to do more than what you initially set out to do. This may be another phase to what God wants you to do His name and among His people. Go where He takes you and extend the limits of your imagination above the haters and critics.
They will run and not grow weary: Focus on staying the course and picking up the pace, not dropping out of the race. God’s promise is that you “will run and not grow weary.” Weariness leads to becoming worn out and wiped out. Keep going in faith.
They will walk and not faint: Walk in faith. Do not get faint, especially faint-hearted. Step out in faith, taking every step on the promises of God. When you can’t run, walk. Just keep progressing towards what God has for you. Every step, even the smallest and the slightest step, gets you closer to the goal.
Whether it is a building campaign or launching a new ministry or business that can’t seem to get off the ground or pick up momentum, wait on the Lord in faith. Trust Him today. Try to recall times when he provided and protected. Most of all, recall and reclaim His promises.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.- Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
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“And let us not grow weary while doing good. . .”- Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
Are you still fired up? Or, are you burnt out for some reason? For those of us who serve the Lord in more than one capacity, it is easy to fall into the temptation of growing weary, feeling worn out by the work. Yet, it is still not a legitimate excuse. Our service is to be conducted out of faith and obedience, but we also should do as Psalm 100:2 says: “Serve the Lord with gladness.”
Don’t grow weary, get faint or lose heart. Jesus shared that we should always pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). The task at hand is to stay focused and continue striving towards what God has for us.
In days like these, you hear a lot of stuff in the news about the new president and his stimulus package as well as the bank bail-outs and foreclosure forgiveness. I believe that the Lord is still at work. Stand firm through the storm. Hold fast to what you know to be true. The money still says it all: In God We Trust.
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